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For users previously registered with the former Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS).

What happened to the ESDS?

Will all the same data continue to be available?

Is there now a charge for data?

Will I need to re-register?

I am an ESRC grant holder. Are there any changes to how I deposit data at the end of my grant?

Can our institution continue to use WAYFless URLs?

 

What happened to the ESDS?

It is now integrated into the UK Data Service, along with the former Secure Data Service, Survey Question Bank and elements of the ESRC Census Programme. Portions of the ESDS website will remain during the transition, but content there will not be maintained and could be out of date.

Will all the same data continue to be available?

Yes, and more. The UK Data Service will be continually enhancing its data collections over time. Major studies are now called Key data; there you can find details on the major collections available by data type. Discover is the new Data Catalogue; you can search and browse all data and resources in the collection there.

Is there now a charge for data?

In most cases, no. Continued ESRC funding ensures that all materials on the UK Data Service website are available to search and browse free of charge, including data documentation and support guides. Data required for non-commercial purposes can be downloaded at no cost. There is also no fee to register. 

There is a charge for commercial use of data, and in certain other instances. See Charges for full details. If charges are applicable, you will be notified during the ordering process.

Will I need to re-register?

No. If you are currently a registered user of ESDS, the Census Programme or Secure Data Service your registration will continue, subject to the usual annual reconfirmation. When it's time to renew, your renewal information will reflect the change to the UK Data Service.

I am an ESRC grant holder. Are there any changes to how I deposit data at the end of my grant?

At present, there is no change to the requirements of ESRC grant holders to submit data to the UK Data Service as described in the ESRC Research Data Policy. There is detailed information about how to deposit your data.

Can our institution continue to use WAYFless URLs?

Yes, but they must ensure they are using the correct WAYFless URL format.

The UK Access Management Federation login page is known as the 'Where Are You From (WAYF)' page. Some institutions using the UK Access Management Federation have previously bypassed both the ESDS.ac.uk and Census.ac.uk login pages and the WAYF page. They can continue to do this; instructions for formatting the URL are in the Federated Access Management section of the FAQ for Login and registration.

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